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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Our Crafty Woodworkin' Best Ever Grandpa!



 My darlin' husband is a terrific woodworker 
and a very handy man to have around the house.  
After our granddaughters were born 
he started pondering on just what he could make each 
of them in his workshop.  He wanted something that would bring them joy and that would be something 
that they would want to keep and pass on to their children,
 long after their Grandpa was gone. 

For our first granddaughter's second birthday,
 her present from Grandpa Steve was this motorcycle rocker. 
 Steve put many hours of planning, building  and love
 into this gift. 
 I think it shows, not only in the craftsmanship 
but also in the last photo in this post, 
of the Wow look our sweetie's face. 


Our second granddaughter's present was this beautifully 
built kitchen. 


 Many a pretend cake has been baked 
in this little oven.  


  Look inside at the details ( not solid shelves, 
but wooden dowles to give it a real frig and oven feel). 
 Grandpa planned this out with lots of love. 
 I think the end results speak for themselves.  

 Best Grandpa Ever!



Here is our little two year old motorcycle baby.  
Does she look excited to you?  

I guess you can tell that I'm pretty proud of my sweet Hubby,
he's a keeper!
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61 comments:

  1. how lucky your granddaughters are! you can see the love that went into these pieces of art. he sure is a keeper :) have a great day, lisa

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    1. Lisa, thanks for the sweet comment and yes he is a keeper. Next month we will celebrate your 36th anniversary. He's a good man, a good husband, a good father and now a pretty special grandpa, I feel blessed. You have a great day too, Connie

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  2. Oh goodness - what a special and gifted grandfather and such lucky beautiful grand daughters. So much love and talent.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Erin

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    1. He put a lot of time and talent into each project. Our granddaughter's adore their grandpa. He's a pretty special fellow around here. Thanks for visitin and come back again, the welcome mat is always out.

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    1. Grandpa Steve puts a lot of love into his work and it definitely shows. Thanks for stopping by, Have a great day, Connie

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  4. Yes, I do believe he deserves that title! I'm amazed at his woodworking skills.
    These things are really amazing. Lucky grandchildren to have such a wonderful grandpa.
    I'm in awe!

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    1. Steve is pretty incredible when he is working on a project. Whether he’s building with wood or welding, he is a perfectionist in what he does. He puts a lot of heart and soul into his art. I'm very proud of him. Thank you for visiting and ( I just noticed) thank you for following as well. Connie

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  5. What a talented man your husband is...
    I've never seen such detail, just perfect !
    Lucky grandchildren :)
    ~Jo

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    1. We are blessed to have two of the sweetest little granddaughters. The one in the photo will be 6 years old in a week. Boy, time really does fly when you're having fun. We both enjoy those little girls so much. I know that someday they will be so proud to be able to share with their children the treasures that their sweet grandpa made them, with his two hands and his one very big heart. Thanks for visiting, please come back again, Connie

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  6. Hi again, and thank you for your lovely comment :-)

    Such beautiful things your husband has made - your granddaughters are very lucky!

    Bye, Kirsten

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    1. He is a pretty special guy. Thank you for the warm comment, Connie

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  7. What wonderful projects...I am sure your grandchildren were thrilled! They really will be heirlooms! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your nice comment!

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    1. Linda, thank you for visiting. I'm pretty proud of my talented husband and just had to make this post to show him off a little. He's a keeper! Come again, Connie

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  8. They are so precious...they will definitely be family heirlooms indeed. x

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    1. It's a special feeling thinking about some little girl many years from now receiving one of this gifts for her birthday and being told they were made by her great or even great, great-grandpa. They are made so well that they should be around for many years to come. Thank you for your sweet visit, I'm so glad you dropped in. Connie

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  9. My goodness Connie, Grandpa has a very special way of showing what a very lucky man he is:)50th follower! Jane

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    1. Hi Jane, so happy to get a visit from you . . .yes, this man of mine is a keeper. My own personal dreamboat. Thanks for visiting, loved reading about your radio interview. Connie

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  10. Hi Connie,,, Wow, I am in awe, your husband is amazing and what a talent! The motorcycle and kitchen would be any childs dream!!!
    Have a great week. (()) Gail

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    1. He's pretty darn amazing when he gets his creativity in gear. Thanks for the warm and friendly visit. Come again, Connie

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  11. Wow! Your husband has amazing talent! Wonderful gifts he has made to be enjoyed by all.

    Dee

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    1. The granddaughters love their gifts and their friends love coming over and play with them too. Steve not only makes wonderful gifts, but he makes them strong . . . there have been some ruff little boys riding Abbey's motorcycle, but you would never know it from the wear. Thanks for the kind and friendly visit. I love company . . . come again, Connie

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  12. Hi Connie - I saw this yesterday but didn't have a chance to leave a comment (still unpacking!). I thought it was the most beautiful woodwork I had ever seen - that is a rare talent your husband has. I love the way he has used different types of wood and blended them together so well - it is stunning! I wish I had one myself!

    Thanks also for your lovely comment about my new home - Sharon

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    1. Steve puts a lot of pride in his work. He thinks that it might be something he would like to do after he retires, and maybe see how they would sell at the summer market. As for now, he enjoys makeing gifts for loved ones, and we sure do enjoy receiving them. Thanks for your sweet comment. Good luck with your unpacking. Unpack the CD player first and put some good music on . . . always makes the work more fun. Have a great day! Connie

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  13. Dear Connie - what an amazing gift your husband has - the sheer joy on your granddaughters face says more than a thousand words. Well done grandpa :)
    Have a lovely week - A xx

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    1. I love that photo of Abbey, and grandpa carries it in his wallet. That expression is a huge "Thank You, Grandpa!" Grandchildren are so much fun. Thanks for dropping in. I hope your day is filled with happy moments. Your blogging friend, Connie

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  14. These are amazing!! Very lucky granddaughters, I'm jealous, very talented man.

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    1. I'm pretty proud of him; he puts his heart and soul into his work. Thanks for visiting, Connie

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  15. Connie you are so talented! Lots of eye candy here!

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    1. I'm so glad you dropped in for a visit and thanks for the sweet compliment. My door is always open, so come again. If I could I'd serve cookies and tea to all my visitors. Wouldn't that be fun! Connie

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  16. Oh, that cooker! Fantastic! Well done, your hubby :)

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    1. Thanks, he's a wonderful man with a heart of gold. I'd say fantastic, sums him up quit well. Thanks for dropping in for a visit, Connie

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  17. Connie, you left the most wonderful heartfelt comments on my blog which I appreciate greatly. I am your newest follower, because you are a woman after my own heart.

    Your husband is so talented, what a wonderful legacy he has left your grandchildren, and probably theirs too! I love your paintings, especially the pear. I do apologise for my late reply, but I have been away from the computer for a couple of weeks. I hope you have a wonderful week, with much love, Linda x

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping in to visit. Also, thank you for deciding to follow my blog. I appreciate each follower and consider all of you as friends. I so enjoy meeting other creative women and seeing what each one is up too. Sometimes I get caught up in all the news of the world, and all the terrible things that are going on in the world, but no one talks about all the kind and loving people in this world. That's what I see from blogging, I see kindhearted people, people with families, people making their world beautiful through their art, and people sharing, praying, caring about others. That's the news I enjoy. Thanks to you and all my blogging friends, this is what I now see as "world news". And my days are a little bit brighter because of it! Thank you, Connie

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  18. what a great project!! and that little girl is too cute!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

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    1. Yip! She sure is a cutie. On her last visit I took her thrift store shopping with me. On our way out to the car, I was holding her hand in the parking lot and she gave my hand a little squeeze, looked up at me and said, "Grandma Connie, I just love it when it's just Abbey and Grandma time". Well, it totally melted my heart. Being a grandma is such a blessing. Thanks for stopping in for a visit, and do come again. Your friend, Connie

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  19. Hi Connie! Nice to meet you! These are wonderful pieces of art that just happen to make a little one happy too! WOW! GREAT work....hope to see you often at 521 Lake Street....thanks for the compliments, always appreciate them! :) Sandy

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comment. Little Abbey sure does look happy in that photo, doesn't she. Her motorcycle was a big hit at her birthday party and is still one of the first things her friend want to play on when they visit. I truly appreciates your visit, wish I had some cookies and tea to offer. Come again, my door is always open to friends, Connie

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  20. wow these are gorgeous! I loved that motorcycle, a real piece or aft. Your blog is very nice and that sweet lil' girl is adorable :)

    http://rainbowgatherer.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for the sweet comments. I'm glad you like the motorcycle, my husband put a lot of time into making it. Do visit again, my welcome mat is always out. Connie

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  21. Hi Connie, boy you are a creative soul. I love your paintings in your other post. They are amazing. Your mind must be going all the time with new and creative ideas. Thanks so much for coming by my blog and leaving such kind words.
    I'm your newest follower.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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    1. Debbie, I don't think that my mind is turning any faster than yours. I love what you had done with old wooden pallets. You're a wiz. Thanks for visiting and thanks for joining. I do hope the snow melts away quickly and your spring weather arrives. Have a wonderful day, Connie

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  22. Holy cow the craftsmanship is AMAZING!!! I just found your blog via a comment that you left at Sandy's blog 521 Lake Street and I will be back. Thanks for sharing your uber talented hubby's work. Blessings, Nan
    PS: I LOVE vintage paper dolls too and have one pinboard devoted just to them, here's a link if you are interested: http://pinterest.com/nane/i-vintage-paper-dolls/

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    1. Hi! I'm so glad that you stumbled across my blog. It gave me a chance to go to yours and read your delightful informative post on Pancake Tuesday. I scrolled down your front page and was very impressed. So, now you have a new follower. Thank you for the sweet comments. Yes, my husband is quite the craftsman; one day I'll post photos of the cedar strip boat that he built. Thank you, for visiting, I hope you'll return . . . I'll be looking at your pinboard on paper-dolls. Are you old enough to remember the page of paper-dolls that came in McCall's magazine of, Betsy McCall. I used to get so excited when Mom's issue would arrive and could hardly wait until she was done with it and I could cut out the paper-doll page. Have a great day, and come again, Connie

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  23. Wow....what a talented man you have!
    I love the treasures he has made!x

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    1. I'm pretty proud of my crafty husband. He has created some beautiful items in his shop. Thank you for stopping by and visiting.I love having company and meeting new friends. My door in always open, Connie

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  24. hi connie! thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment! and ohmygosh...these treasures for the grandkids are unbelievable!! thanks so much for sharing. reminds me so much of my own pop pop and the wonderful things he made for me when i was a girl. the best of memories! xox...jenn

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    1. Jenn, I'm so glad that you came for a visit. I am a devoted fan of your blog; I love your vintage finds, especially the toys, they are incredibly enchanting. The bright colors you use in your pages, just make me happy. It's nice to hear that you had a creative grandpa. I know that our granddaughter's are blessed. Not only is Steve a craftsman, and makes wonderful toys, but he loves those little girls to pieces. Thanks for stopping by, please come again. Connie

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  25. Hello Connie...I made it over here hun and what a lovely blog you have too...your hubs is sooo talented as indeed you are too my lovely xx

    ...and what a delightful comment you left on my blog, it touhed my heart - you truly are 'one in a million' :)

    Love Happy xx

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    1. Happy, it takes one to know one. If anyone is remarkable it is you. I fell in love with your wit and humor, just reading your profile. The blog that you have created is out of this world, drop dead gorgeous. I would recommend it to anyone that might read this reply, (you would be missing out if you didn't check it out). Thank you for the marvelous compliment, and do come back and visit again. Connie

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  26. Hello,
    Thank you for popping by Connie......I'm now following you!
    Thank you for such a super comment!

    Melx

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  27. I wanted so much to follow you and could not find a little button anywhere to push, but I did figure out how to put you on my blog list, by copy and paste. Now I'll be able to view your lovely 1940's style home. Your blogging friend, Connie

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  28. Hello Connie, I just dropped by via Mel Mel and her lovely sweet blog,I have sat and read your wonderful blog and looked at your amazing talents both you and hubby,I love your garden journal and keep a little one but have let it go you have inspired me to get going again..just a delight to read your day to day goings.Hope your hand gets better each day. Love and blessings Carole.

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    1. Carole that is so sweet of you to say!

      Hi Connie....the follow button is at the very top of the blog page.....near to where it says next blog....

      Melxx

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    2. Carole, I'm so glad that you stumbled onto my blog and thank you for the lovely words. I think that if we all let our light shine and share the God given talents that we have been blessed with . . .then we are blessed by one another. Sharing, loving, caring and spreading joy. You did that with our nice comment. I have visited your blog. Your home is adorably cute and homey. I love the gingerbread trim on your front porch. Also, the picnic with your grandchildren looked like such a fine and wonderful day. I love picnics! Thanks for visiting, your new blogging friend, Connie

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  29. ... Now, these woodworks are impressive!! Each and every detail of them speaks from the heart!
    I thank you so very much for your nice and kind comment about my tulips, Connie, you brought such a smile to my face!
    Monica.

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    1. Monica, I love getting company . . . and the things that I said about your tulips, well I can only imagine how beautiful your garden is in person. I'm sure your table is filled with blooms all spring. Thank you for the visit and do come back again. I'll be visiting your blog and I'm sure I learn so much from a master in the garden, like yourself. Your blogging friend, Connie

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  30. Wow! Those are amazing! Your husband has a lot of talent. What awesome gifts for your granddaughters. :-)

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    1. Hi Allie, Steve loves working in his shop when he finds the time. The other thing he enjoys is cooking for people. It has been known to throw a party for as many as 200 guests. I just talked him into starting a blog. It is brand new and but I have a feeling that it will be a very cool blog. He's in the learning process. Check him out at http://woodworkinandgoodeats.blogspot.com/
      You may decide to follow his journey as well. Have a great day and thanks for the very sweet comments.

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  31. What lucky grandkids you have! My hubby is handy too but I don't think he would take on one of these projects anymore :D
    Inka

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    1. Thank you for popping in. It tickles me pink when people comments on my hubby's woodworking. He has evolved through the years, and really does do a marvelous job. Of course it helps when he's making something out of love, and he certainly loves those granddaughters of ours. Have a wonderful weekend, Connie :)

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